Tried-and-tested concealers for acne, under-eyes and more: Nars, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Dior...
Ain't seen hide nor hair
I'll be honest: I have put off writing this article for the longest time. Maybe it's the Taurus in me, or maybe has to do with my innate fear of confrontation — but I can safely say that I've arrived at the point of pure, utter boredom where even controversy is starting to look appealing to my peace-loving self. And so, here I am, standing before you (metaphorically) to declare: you don't need foundation.
Seeing that I haven't been struck down by the makeup Gods just yet, I'll proceed. This is not coming from a place of good-skin-privilege. I, too, am constantly plagued with breakouts and insecurities galore that no amount of repeated listening of Christina Aguilera's Beautiful can eradicate. And yet, I've been finding it hard to reach for my trusty foundation these days.
To be frank, this has mostly to do with the concealer formulations of today. High-coverage, long-wear, yet lightweight, it ticks all the necessary boxes when it comes to creating a flawless canvas — and doesn't make me feel as if I'm wearing a layer of cement on my mien. Plus, there's the added convenience of it coming in a slim tube that fits easily into my makeup bag. No worrying about it having a messy, hard-to-use pump; being housed in a breakable glass flacon; or requiring a Beautyblender slash brush to make sure it "sits" well.
Call it luck, or maybe good fortune that I've only ever utilised stellar concealer picks. Whatever the reason, I hope you foundation pundits give my humble proposal the consideration it deserves — because all you need, truly, for a enviable complexion is
Bella Hadid's genetics a reliable concealer find. Here are the ones that made a convert out of me.
#1. Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer
If you've ever wondered what it's like to have angel's feathers gently patting at your face, look no further. This concealer comes with what might be the softest brush in existence, a flat-tipped marvel that carefully dispenses a liquid, full-coverage formula in just the right amounts. I find that light, patting motions are particularly effective in concealing 'em monster zits, while using a windwiper back-and-forth motion gives it a natural finish perfect for the under-eyes.
Now, I can't say this is an entirely accurate seeing how I've been indoors all this while, but I experienced no caking, creasing, or flaking throughout my use. Maybe it's the air-conditoning, or perhaps its superior crease-resistant technology. Watch this space for more updates once I brave the outdoors with this baby in tow.
Buy it here.
#2. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
A cult-favourite deserving of its reputation, indeed. You'll get a lot of mileage from this bad boy coverage-wise, where a dab or two is enough to hide even the most monstrous of zits. I like to sheer it out on the back of my hand first before application so as to ensure it doesn't feel too thick or goopy. It's not drying either, and can last me through an entire day of water-based activities without dissipating.
Just remember: a little goes a long way, so be sure to utilise it with a light touch. I find that I like it best —both texture- and appearance-wise — when I blend it out with my fingers, though I hear that going at it with a brush gives a smooth, velvety soft finish, too.
Buy it here.
#3. Marc Jacobs Beauty Accomplice Concealer & Touch-Up Stick
I've never realised how convenient stick formulations are until I met MJB's rendition. According to Southeast Asia Regional Artistry Ambassador, Michael Brown, it's best if you mix two hues — one darker to conceal imperfections, and one lighter to brighten — when concealing. I discovered that this works wonders for the under-eye area. Sure, it definitely doesn't provide as much coverage as Nars, but it does the job when it comes to small zits and sun spots.
My only gripe: the twist-up design. Turn it one-too-many-times and watch it get stuck with no way of pushing it back in place. This means you have to either a) smash the cap back over it and watch $30 worth of product go to waste; or b) cut it off and store it in a jar which... is just too much of a hassle, really.
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#4. Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer
As with Nars, this one goes hard on the coverage. I made the mistake of swiping two concentrated arcs along my under-eye area and had to spend the next fifteen minutes blending it out to perfection. I do like how creamy and hydrating it is, though. If there's anything I'm slightly dissatisfied about, it is that touch-ups are required after a few hours languishing in the hot sun — but I'm willing to let it slide purely for how good it is at masking redness.
This one is available in 28 hues. However, I didn't notice much variety when it comes to darker shades. Kindly requesting an expansion in shade line-up sometime soon, please...?
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